You turned five months today, Christmas Day! We had fun doing your monthly photo shoot in the huge stocking your grandma made for you. You loved being in there; I bet it was pretty cozy!
Starting to sit up in the Bumbo chair in front of the tree
Look at this cute present I found in the stocking!!
We celebrated Christmas morning at our house with nana and papa, Kyle, Joy and Liam. We had lots of fun opening presents and eating a nice brunch. There was a big snow storm, and they didn’t want to drive home, so we had a fun, full house tonight with everyone staying here.
Today you have brown eyes. Your eyes have been tending towards brown for many months, but until today they’ve still held a bit of the grey of baby eyes. But this morning while I was changing you and talking with you, I noticed your big, pretty eyes, and they are fully, beautifully brown. You got them from your dad, and share them with your sister, and I love them so much.
Well I am behind. This is not really a shocker, but disappointing to me nonetheless as I’d really wanted to keep up the post-a-day for you as well.
But, here you are…four months! You’ve had some milestones lately. Last weekend in Breckenridge you found your thumb, after months of nibbling on your fingers frequently. Then last Wednesday you rolled over for the first time, front-to-back. I could sort of see it coming, since you were reaching for a toy you badly wanted, and so I was able to get a video. But you were very controlled and happy, smiling once you got fully rolled onto your back. I placed you on your tummy and you did it one more time, but then you didn’t want to do that anymore.
You are so cute and happy. You aren’t sleeping quite as much at night as you had been, but that’s ok; I think you probably just need to eat more often now that you’re growing so much.
You still don’t love baths, and for that reason we almost never bathe you. Last night I decided you really needed a bath, and we talked you through it as we got you ready, and put you in, and you were happy and content the whole time! I was so happy. Usually you cry the entire time, and I can’t stand it. I leave the bathroom and let your dad bathe you and I come back in to help get you out. I just cannot handle listening to you so unhappy.
Your umbilical cord stump fell off today. I was changing you and realized it was gone, and found myself simultaneously grossed out and saddened by this occurrence. I immediately called out for your dad to come, and he came running in asking what was the matter. After proclaiming what had happened, he excitedly ran over to take a look at your new belly button. I started crying. I was sad that this final physical connection between you and I was gone, and I was a little shaken up by the fact that your cord stump was floating around somewhere in your onesie. I asked your dad to please find it and dispose of it. He asked if he should throw it away or compost it; I said, ‘Just get rid of it’, to which he thankfully complied.
You are so expressive with your face, especially immediately upon waking. You love to stretch, arching your back and putting your arms up by your head, and holding this position for many seconds. Then you yawn and some funny faces ensue, as though your face is also joining in the stretches. Often during this routine you also let out several sounds which can only be described as little squeaks. This happens every night each time you wake up for a feeding, and it never ceases to make me smile every time. You certainly make the middle-of-the-night feedings entertaining; I love you so much!
You have yet to earn a nickname, and I told your dad that maybe ‘Squeaky’ or ‘Squeaker’, or even ‘Pipsqueak’ might be fitting. So far nothing’s stuck.
Today was a crazy busy day, and in retrospect, I scheduled too much for us. It started with a newborn and family photo shoot first thing this morning. You were quite fussy and unable to really settle, and your sister wasn’t very cooperative either. I was skeptical about any good pictures resulting from the shoot, but thankfully we got a few.
Whole family (of four!)
Sweet Madeline Grace
Big sister not so sure about her new title
Then we had to quickly drop your sister off at school and dash to your doctor’s appointment. We were so happy to learn that you are back up to your birth weight (7 pounds, 6 ounces). The doctor said you look great and we don’t have to go back until your two month appointment! Carrying on what has become almost a tradition, we went to lunch after your appointment before dropping your dad off back at work.
This evening we all went to the Jeff and Paige concert at Chautauqua. Jeff and Paige are a couple who sing kid-focused nature-themed songs. We’ve gone a few times to hear them play with Emma; this was your first time along! You got really fussy and upset on the way there. First we stopped at the grocery store and your dad ran inside to grab items for our picnic dinner. You started crying inconsolibly in the car while we were waiting, so I got out and picked you up, and you calmed down. But when I put you back in the carseat to go pick up your sister, you got upset again. At her school the same thing happened; I picked you up and you were content. But once we left for the concert, you were upset again. It was only about a five minute drive, thank goodness, but we were all really stressed by the time we got there. I got you out, found a spot for us all to sit, and nursed you, and you calmed right down. You slept the rest of the concert, so I’m not sure if you enjoyed it or not.